Attendees of Macworld/iWorld and WWDC have always known that if they need an Apple fix during their conference stay, they can walk over to the Apple Store at the corner of Stockton and Ellis streets. The SFGate blog is reporting that the company has submitted plans to open a new flagship store on Union Square a few blocks away.
The new store is expected to occupy a space at Stockton and Post streets that was previously the home of a Levi’s store. The design of the new building is intriguing — it’s a silver box-shaped store with an all-glass front, with the iconic Apple logo seemingly floating in midair.
On a recent trip, I found I had failed to add copies of my auto-resizing drop tools to my travel MacBook Air. My droplets allow me to convert images to TUAW-standard sizes, namely 225 pixels for small images and 456 pixels for banner images. (See? Information you never thought you’d need to know.)
What a lot of people don’t realize is that OS X offers solutions for these kinds of basic image tasks.
Check Software Update, because Apple has released iTunes 11.0.3. This update offers a few new features, including a new MiniPlayer that highlights album artwork and has a built-in progress bar. That should make many people happy.
Also, iTunes 11.0.3 has improved the songs view and has support for multi-disc albums, in that they now appear as a single album, which is great.
You can download it now and check out the changes right away. Have fun.
Today, iPhone 5 users have another way to keep their phone charged up for those times when the battery is getting sucked dry. Mophie, which previously brought us the Juice Pack Helium and Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5, today announced the Juice Pack Plus (US$119.95).
The case comes in hues of black, white and PRODUCT(RED), and differs from its siblings in thickness, weight, and capacity. The battery in the Plus is a whopping 2100 mAh, while the Air has 1700 mAh of extra power and the Helium provides 1500 mAh. Weight for the Plus and Air is 2.68 oz., while the Helium weighs in at a svelte 2.44 oz. The Plus is 0.70″ thick, the Air is 0.63″ thick, and the Helium is just 0.59″ thick.
TUAW has covered the US Department of Justice price-fixing case against Apple for the past several years. Now an email sent from late Apple CEO Steve Jobs to James Murdoch of News Corporation (parent company of HarperCollins publishers) is being interpreted by the DOJ as showing that Apple and HarperCollins conspired with other publishers to raise ebook process. John Paczkowski at AllThingsD pointed out yesterday that the DOJ might be taking the email out of context.
The seemingly incriminating portion of Jobs’ email is this: “Throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.” As Paczkowski points out, reading the entire email, it appears that Jobs was simply using those price points as “price caps in broader pricing tiers” and that he “openly concedes that the agency model he’s proposing may well fail.”